Many people struggle with severe, chronic back pain, and find it hard to get treatments that genuinely work. If you’re in this position, Dr. Eli Loch, an interventional pain and regenerative medicine specialist at Atlantic Regenerative Joint and Spine Center, can help. Dr. Loch provides a range of effective treatments for back pain but specializes in using Regenexx® regenerative medicine therapies. Find out more about the benefits of Regenexx for back pain by calling the Yulee, Florida, office today or book an appointment online.
Back pain (and pain in general) is broadly categorized into two types: acute and chronic. Acute pain is short term pain, usually less than 3-6 months. Chronic pain is pain that lasts over 3-6 months or the expected time frame from an injury, surgery, or disease process.
Back pain can come from many causes. The most common types are acute injuries (such as muscle strains). Chronic back pain is usually caused by the gradual decline of the cells that make up your vertebrae, discs, ligaments, muscles, fascia, and other tissues.
Acute back pain might strike if you overstretch yourself, fall over, or go beyond your current level of fitness. Lifting something heavy or bulky using a poor technique is a common cause of acute back pain.
Anything that involves sudden or awkward twisting movements can also bring on a sudden attack of back pain. Usually, this type of injury is caused by strain to a ligament or muscle that helps support the low back.
Chronic pain is often due to degenerative conditions. These causes typically come on more slowly and can include:
Some people are born with spine problems like scoliosis, which causes an unnatural curvature of the spine. Although not always painful, scoliosis can cause back pain.
Occasionally, back pain can be due to an underlying condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, anklyosing spondylitis, or other autoimmune condition.
Back pain may also persist even after lower back surgery.
Treatment for back pain generally involves conservative approaches such as physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, postural alignment, functional movement evaluation, or topical medications. If these options fail, then injections that contain anesthetics and powerful anti-inflammatory drugs can be injected into the nerves or joints around the spine.
A minimally invasive process called spinal cord stimulation that involves implanting a pain control device could be the next step if injections aren’t working. Or treatments like radiofrequency ablation that deactivate the nerves.
If nothing is helping, spinal surgery is often the final option for back pain. Spinal surgery is considerably safer and less invasive than it used to be, but it’s still a major operation.
At Atlantic Regenerative Joint and Spine Center, Dr. Loch provides an alternative treatment that could help right from the start: regenerative medicine.
Regenerative medicine treatments use substances that are made in your own body. These substances promote healing and help new tissue to generate.
One exciting form of regenerative medicine is stem cell therapy. Stem cells are masters at helping to coordinate the healing response and to signal other cells in your body to get to work fixing the damaged tissue.
For this reason, the newer term for these cells is “medicinal signaling cells.” In and of themselves, they are also powerful, but natural, anti-inflammatory cells. A third benefit is that stem cells can also change themselves into whatever types of cells your body needs.
Another form of regenerative medicine is platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Platelets are very important because they contain many of the growth factors that stimulate new tissue growth and help heal things like collagen.
Your body contains both stem cells and platelets and uses them to heal itself. However, you might not always have enough in the right place to heal damaged tissues properly. Regenexx regenerative medicine treatments use stem cells and PRP to improve back pain and other chronic conditions.
Dr. Loch is a board certified physician and Regenexx trained expert in regenerative medicine procedures. He uses sophisticated ultrasound or fluoroscopy image guidance to deliver stem cells and PRP into your damaged tissues, where they boost your body’s healing processes.
To find out more about regenerative medicine treatments for back pain, call Atlantic Regenerative Joint and Spine Center today, or book an appointment online.